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Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Cincinnati Reds

Joey Votto

By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule of this feature, click here.

During the series, we've seen some lineups that would be completely foreign to the hometown fans, and some a little less so. The homegrown Cincinnati Reds, for better or worse, look quite similar to the team that took the field at Great American Ball Park this past season. While there are similar strengths, the same problems also crop up.

Lineup

1. Jay Bruce, RF
2. Justin Turner, 2B
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Adam Dunn, LF
5. Juan Francisco, 3B
6. Drew Stubbs, CF
7. Devin Mesoraco, C
8. Zack Cozart, SS

Starting Rotation

1. Johnny Cueto
2. Mike Leake
3. Homer Bailey
4. Travis Wood
5. Zach Stewart

Bullpen

Closer - Aroldis Chapman
Set up - Todd Coffey, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Josh Roenicke, Enerio Del Rosario
Long - Sam LeCure

Notable Bench Players

Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Adam Rosales, Ryan Hanigan, Chris Heisey, Chris Denorfia, Chris Dickerson. The Reds hypothetical situation behind the plate is the same as their current situation, one underrated catcher and two promising prospects, a problem most teams would envy. The hypothetical Reds also have no real spot for Alonso, although a short leash on Dunn could have this homegrown team toy with the notion of trying Alonso in left -- just like the real Reds.

What's Good?

The lineup's going to put up runs, that's for sure. There are some lineup construction problems, but this team can flat out hit, especially in their home ballpark. The defense isn't as good as it is in real life, it's still not too bad (with the exception of Dunn). The team has a lot of talent behind the plate and the bench is deep with some versatility.

What's Not?

The Reds were unable to repeat their 2010 division title in large part because of the failings of their starting rotation -- that's not fixed with these five. There's also no real answer to the team's search for a leadoff man, just like the real Reds. This bullpen isn't as experienced or strong as the real thing, either.

Comparison to real 2011

While there are some key personel missing, like Brandon Phillips and Francisco Cordero, there's also an added boost to the lineup of Dunn (we'll just assume he would have performed closer to his career numbers than his historically bad 2011 in the familiar confines of Great American Ball Park than in Chicago), the offense would have been about the same. The pitching, though, is still a problem, so this squad may fair a bit worse than the team's 79-83 record. However, the team is interesting, talented and young.

Next: Kansas City Royals

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Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 4:56 pm
 

White Sox shut down Peavy

Jake PeavyBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The White Sox have shut down right-hander Jake Peavy for the season, Scott Merkin of the MLB.com reports.

Peavy, 30, started 18 games and pitched in relief in one more, going 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA. The 2007 Cy Young Award winner had surgery last year to have his latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder reattached.

"Jake rich now is shut down," pitching coach Don Cooper told MLB.com's Merkin. "The things we are looking at right now are, one, we want to win as many games as we can. Two, we want to keep everybody strong and healthy and continue to finish this season strong."

Peavy had said after his Aug. 31 start against the Twins that he was feeling "run down" and looking forward to the offseason. He then threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Twins on Sept. 6, allowing just four hits and striking out nine.

Still Peavy had said after his last start that he wouldn't make the decision whether he'd be shut down, but was looking forward to the offseason.

"There's no doubt, I look forward to a nice winter and a nice comeback season next year," Peavy said (ChicagoTribune.com) on Tuesday.

Peavy was scheduled to pitch again on Monday against the first-place Tigers, but instead John Danks and Gavin Floyd will both be bumped up a day, but still be on regular rest. Merkin speculates Dylan Axelrod could start against the Tigers in the third game of the series with first-place Detroit on Wednesday. Zach Stewart will pitch on Sunday against the Indians.

Peavy said he hopes to return to his former form next season.

"Like I said, there are times last winter where I didn't know if I'd ever throw again," Peavy told MLB.com on Saturday. "Being able to come back and pitch in the big leagues, there's no doubt it was gratifying. There were a couple of highlights and just a roller-coaster ride. It was learning as we went."

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:38 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Valencia breaks up Stewart's perfect game bid

By Matt Snyder

Rookie starting pitcher Zach Stewart came to the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson/Colby Rasmus three-way trade in July, and Monday evening he started to make a name for himself. The 24-year-old pitcher got the start in the second game of a doubleheader against the Twins, and he cruised through 7 1/3. In fact, he had a perfect game until Danny Valencia doubled to right field with one out in the seventh.

The outing comes as a bit of a surprise, as Stewart was shelled in his previous two outings. Plus, this is only his eighth career start.

Still, he went the distance, allowing only Valencia's double in a complete game shutout. He struck out nine and dominated the Twins from start to finish in a 4-0 White Sox victory. They are now eight games behind the Tigers in the AL Central playoff race.

There are two perfect games in White Sox history, most recently Mark Buehrle on July 23, 2009 against the Rays. Click here to see a list of all perfect games in MLB history.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:43 pm
 

On Deck: Another round of Yankees-Red Sox

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans


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CC SabathiaJohn LackeyHere we go again: Yep, it's that time of year (again) -- Red Sox and Yankees. Boston starts the night  1.5 games ahead of their AL East rivals and 10-2 against them so far this season. Yankees starter CC Sabathia is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against the Red Sox this season, including a debacle on Aug. 6 that saw him surrender seven runs in six innings. John Lackey is 2-0 against the Yankees, but has benefitted from great run support in his two starts against New York. In those two games, he's allowed 13 hits and nine runs in 11 innings -- good for a 7.36 ERA. Lackey gave up six runs in five innings on April 8, but was better than Phil Hughes, who gave up that many runs in two innings. He allowed just three runs in six innings in this month's earlier matchup with Sabathia to earn the victory. Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Pulling away: A month or so ago this looked like it would be a big series, but instead the Brewers have a chance to spit on the Cardinals' grave with this three-game series in Milwaukee. The Brewers lead the Cardinals -- their nearest competition in the NL Central -- by 10 1/2 games. Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum is coming off his first loss in 10 starts and hasn't been great against the Cardinals this season, going 1-0 with a 5.68 ERA in three starts. Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in six starts for the Cardinals. He's been good except for one start -- Aug. 3 at Milwaukee, where the Brewers scored 10 runs (eight earned) off of him in seven innings. He bounced back facing the Brewers in his next start and gave up just three runs (two earned) in six innings in a no-decision. Cardinals at Brewers, 8:10 p.m.

White Sox streaking: Chicago has been one of the game's most disappointing teams, but here we are on the next-to-last day of August and they've still got a chance at the American League Central flag. Chicago's won four in a row and are now in second place in the division, five games behind the Tigers and readying for a weekend series in Detroit. If the White Sox can take care of business in Minnesota, this weekend could be huge. Tuesday's starter for the White Sox, rookie right-hander Zach Stewart, has just one win so far for Chicago, but it was against the Twins. He allowed just one run on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings on Aug. 6 at Target Field. Twins at White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:29 pm
 

On Deck: Playoff positioning on display

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


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White SoxAngelsPLAYOFF CHASE: The White Sox are tied for second place at 6 1/2 games and can become alone in second with a six-game deficit Wednesday night, but only if they can take out the Angels. As mentioned above, Los Angeles has won five in a row to move to 3 1/2 games behind Texas. It  will send Jered Weaver and his 2.10 ERA to the mound to try to stretch that streak to six games. Weaver will be making his first start since signing a five-year, $85 million extension to stay with the Angels. The White Sox will counter with Zach Stewart, who was acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline and is in the rotation in lieu of the injured Phil Humber. He made two starts earlier in August prior to the injury, then made two relief appearances out of the bullpen and now returns to the rotation with a 3.74 ERA. White Sox vs. Angels, 10:00 p.m. ET

BeckettHarrisonBEST MATCHUP: Josh Beckett and Matt Harrison duel down south in the third game of a four-game series. Both teams have won a game apiece thus far, and Texas is hoping Harrison can down the Red Sox to keep pace with the streaking Angels, winners of five straight. The Red Sox, meanwhile, need Beckett to come out with a victory, as Boston is deadlocked atop the AL East with the Yankees. Hard to argue with the pitchers on either side, with Beckett putting together a resurgent season with a 2.46 ERA. Harrison has caught many by surprise with his fine season, but is checking in at 3.28. Oh, and Boston expects to have DH David Ortiz back in the lineup after a nine-game absence. Red Sox vs. Rangers, 7:00 p.m. ET

ArroyoWORST MATCHUP: On the flip side of things, Cincinnati and Florida will send hurlers with ERAs over 5 to the mound. Bronson Arroyo has the lower mark, 5.28, for the Reds in the second game of a double-header hastily thrown together to avoid the arrival of Hurricane Irene on Thursday. If Arroyo can eke out a win, it will be the first time Cincinnati has gotten back to .500 since July 6. If you had told the baseball world that the Reds would be under .500 as late as August 24, no one (except Cubs and Cardinals fans) would have believed you. And yet, here we are. Anyways, Arroyo had a brutal July, registering a 7.36 ERA that sent his ERA skyward. It's steadily come down in August, with a 3.81 ERA to show for it. The Marlins, meanwhile, offer up Chris Volstad and a 5.66 ERA. Reds vs. Marlins, 7:30 p.m. ET

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Jays' Stewart enjoying big-league life

Zach Stewart

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Blue Jays called up Zach Stewart last week to replace Kyle Drabek in their rotation. In his debut Thursday, Stewart went seven innings; he allowed two runs, leaving the game with the score tied. He'll take the mound again Tuesday in Atlanta searching for his first victory. CBSSports.com Eye On Baseball blogger C. Trent Rosecrans caught up with Stewart on Sunday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati to talk about his week that was.

Eye On Baseball: It's had to have been a crazy week for you, how did you get the news you were getting called up and what was your first reaction?

Zach Stewart: I was in Akron on the road and I went into the clubhouse that day and as soon as I got there, literally as soon as I got to my locker, Pete Walker, the pitching coach, called me into his office and he and Sal Fasano, the manager, was in there, they just [said] that I had a start on Thursday. I was obviously excited, and I couldn't stop smiling the whole day. Since then it's been one thing after another -- it's been crazy, but it's been fun.

EOB: That first day, are you trying to take everything in? It's different for a position player or a reliever than a starter. You've got a routine, and it's turned on its head because everything's new …

ZS: I tried to keep everything the same as possible, as far as what I normally do. It's kind of a lot to take in all at once. I just felt like trying to keep it simple, and the night I got there, I got to watch the game and everything, so that was good. I got to get some of the experience to watch those guys.

EOB: What's the biggest difference?

ZS: A lot more fans. The players are obviously of a higher caliber all around, one-through-nine in the lineup.

EOB: What about off the field?

ZS: The travel's a lot nicer, the hotels are nicer and all that stuff.

EOB: You've been a reliever and a starter -- and even in college you went back and forth -- how do you deal with that or have you gotten used to going back and forth?

ZS: I'm pretty used to it now. When you first get changed, it has its downside a little bit, because you have to get used to the routine of whichever one you're switching to. I feel like when I've been switched back and forth, I've handled it well and had success. It can be tough sometimes, because as a starter you have a set routine and in relief you have to go on the fly.

EOB: Do you prefer one over the other?

ZS: I prefer starting. I like the routine, I like being a starting pitcher.

EOB: Did you have enough time to get your whole family up for your first start?

ZS: Yeah, they came. My parents came, my wife came, my uncle came. Three of my buddies were even able to come up for it.

EOB: Were there nerves for the first start?

ZS: At first, I was pretty nervous, but once the game got going, you just get wrapped up in it and you don't even think about it and it's back to being baseball.

EOB: They always say that -- I have no concept of that, I played in front of 50 people in high school -- does it really shrink down to where it's just you and the catcher?

ZS: Honestly, at first I was nervous -- big stadium, big crowd, big leagues. Then once I got going, you realize you've got to do your job and you can't just sit there and focus on that stuff, you just have to focus on the game.

EOB: Nice to have a couple of days off to wait until that next start now that you're a starter, or are you just anxious to get back at it?

ZS: I'm really excited, I'm ready to get going. I'm doing all the necessary things, doing my normal routine, but I'm excited about it. It's been fun to come here [to Cincinnati, the team that drafted him], see the park and watch us winning. It's been a good experience.

EOB: And watch Jose Bautista hit against someone else.

ZS: Definitely.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Toronto options Drabek, calls for Stewart

By Evan Brunell

DrabekApparently John Farrell read my article about how the Jays need to send Kyle Drabek to Triple-A after stubbornly saying Drabek would stay in the majors.

OK, maybe he didn't. But either way, Drabek is finally headed to Triple-A to work on his command and gain confidence after walking 48 and striking out 52 in 74 2/3 innings with an unsightly 5.70 ERA.

Replacing Drabek is Double-A right-hander Zach Stewart, who was acquired from the Reds two seasons ago in the Scott Rolen trade. A former reliever, Stewart had been converted to starter and will now make his major-league debut after posting a 4.39 ERA in 69 2/3 innings down on the farm. He showed improved command this season as compared to last year, but also saw his strikeout numbers dip, which doesn't help any. Working in his favor is a high batting average on balls in play and a low stranded-baserunner rate, pointing to improved pitching down the line.

The Jays are hoping Stewart can eventually be a solid starter in the rotation and if he replaces Drabek in the rotation, will pitch against his former team of the Reds this Saturday.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:38 am
 

Blue Jays' top prospects revealed

Kyle Drabek There's no better example of the instant impact Alex Anthopoulos has had on the Blue Jays than their No. 3 prospect as rated by Baseball America .

Outfielder Anthony Gose is third in the Toronto system, according to the magazine's annual rankings, but he's a relative newcomer. The Phillies acquired Gose from the Phillies in the three-team deal that sent Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia and Brett Wallace to Houston. To get Wallace, the Blue Jays sent Michael Taylor to the A's. Taylor was one of the three prospects Toronto got from Philadelphia in exchange for Roy Halladay, along with Kyle Drabek (pictured) and Travis D'Arnaud.

Drabek, by the way, is the team's top prospect, according to the list, and D'Arnaud is fourth. Four of the team's top five prospects came in trades. In addition to Drabek, Gose and D'Arnaud, right-hander Zach Stewart came over from the Reds in the trade for Scott Rolen (that was before Anthopoulos came aboard).

Here's the Top 10:
1. Kyle Drabek, rhp
2. Deck McGuire, rhp
3. Anthony Gose, of
4. Travis D'Arnaud, c
5. Zach Stewart, rhp
6. Asher Wojciechowski, rhp
7. J.P. Arencibia, c
8. Carlos Perez, c
9. Aaron Sanchez, rhp
10. Jake Marisnick, of

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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